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Walsall’s Marks and Spencer’s is just one of a hundred stores in the chain across the country to be threatened with closure – there are others across the West Midlands. Comments made by M&S’s CEO when he announced the closures do not bode well for any of the stores based in a High Street location. […]

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The UK’s most senior customs official has dealt a blow to one of two post-Brexit models ministers are considering. Cabinet ministers are divided on post-Brexit customs plans By Greg Heffer, political reporter The boss of HMRC has told MPs the post-Brexit customs option favoured by Brexiteers would cost businesses up to £20bn per year. Theresa […]

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Carers face benefit ‘cliff-edge’, MPs warn

by danielbarker on 23 May, 2018

MPs have called on the Government to remove the ‘cliff-edge’ in the benefit calculation that could see many carers lose their allowance. Under the current system, the Carer’s Allowance — £64.60 per week — is withdrawn in full as soon as carers earn more than £120 a week. This means that if a carer works […]

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A night of shame for Walsall Conservative Party

by danielbarker on 21 May, 2018

Tonight the Conservatives tore up council conventions to snatch power in Walsall. Every year, the Mayor stands down and allows someone else to take on the role. Not this year. For the first time since World War Two, the sitting Mayor stayed in the job. Why? What crisis brought this about? No crisis apart from […]

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Renters need fairer access to affordable credit

by danielbarker on 21 May, 2018

The poverty premium is taking a crippling toll on people who can least afford it. It’s estimated that every year those living in poverty pay an extra £490 for the basics of energy, phones, white goods, food and furniture. But how can it be fair that the poor pay more? The problem is that the […]

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Activity open day for residential & nursing homes, day centres, hospitals, dementia organisations An opportunity to see our 1950s themed shop and see the range of activities available for people with dementia When: Wednesday 23 May 2018 1- 3pm Where: At our unique Mindful Gifts CIC Shop 1 Church Street Darlaston Walsall WS10 8DS (By […]

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More thoughts on the Walsall Borough Mayoralty

by danielbarker on 19 May, 2018

Our council has no overall control, 30 Tory, 30 non-Tory councillors. The local election vote was equally split, with a slight majority for those who didn’t vote Conservative. In this situation, it actually makes sense to have a mayor who is independent. By right of existing protocols, the Mayoralty in Walsall should go to the […]

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‘Big, brave and bold decision-making’ is needed to tackle the crisis in adult social care, local government leaders have warned. Responding to a report by health experts saying the system is at a ‘fork in the road’, Cllr Izzi Seccombe chairman of the Local Government Association said the system is in desperate need of an […]

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Cllr Ian Shires reports on the latest drama at Walsall Council Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they did. Cllr Bird, seeing that his bully boy tactics weren’t going to work, reached for the nuclear button – and pressed it sending Walsall Council spinning right back to the bad old days of the […]

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The UK’s public health body has warned there are ‘clear inequalities’ in oral health with children from deprived areas more likely to be affected by tooth decay. The latest Public Health England (PHE) figures have revealed a ‘steady decline’ in the levels of tooth decay in five year old children. In 2017, 23.3% of five […]

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